COO, The Riveter
I'm investigating using a relatively unique electrical component in a project I'm working on. Quotes from American manufacturers have been sky-high, so I've been looking at Alibaba, where the prices are much lower. In fact, so much lower that I'm concerned that it's a scam. The suppliers all seem to have the various indicia of Alibaba quality - gold status, accept PayPal, etc.
I'd love to hear from anyone with experience using Alibaba or other sites like it, and if you have any advice about verifying suppliers, or any red flags I should be looking out for.